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Aug 21, 2013 12:00am PDT
mississippi river, and having made my living playing down there on beale street, those particular elements created this booker t. jones style. tavis: so you know a bit about my back story. i know more about yours. but the reason why i love this instrument so much, this hammond b-3, is because long before i'd ever heard of ray charles, long before i heard of jimmy smith, i'm a kid growing up in a pentecostal church. >> oh, i see. tavis: so i fall in love with -- and i was choir director when i was -- people don't know this, but i was choir director of two choirs for years at my pentecostal church, -- [indiscernible] -- in indiana. so i fell in love with this instrument through the church. i raise that because you mentioned ray charles earlier, as did i, for that matter. but ray had a moment in his career where he was catching hell, for lack of a better phrase, for taking that instrument and taking that sound >> absolutely. tavis: and secularizing it. >> absolutely. tavis: did you have a similar journey, or how did you navigate learning this thing in the church and taking it to the
Aug 3, 2013 12:00am PDT
is by no means at the heart of all of the chapters. there is mississippi. there is one chapter about the pivotal year, 1964, freedom summer. bob moses. they are trying to outlaw segregation. dr. king is in jail in st. augustine, florida, and in that one summer, partisan politics turned upside down in the united states. the democrats went to the party of south segregation that they had been for a century. usurping states' rights and a sign of tyranny in the government. the first republicans popped up in the south, and the party of lincoln gave way to the party of presumptive white people, so it turned partisan politics on its head in one summer. between the far reaches of texas and the atlantic ocean in 1964, the very first ones came up. the chapter right in the middle shows how the power of race and the power of this movement really drove partisan politics in ways that people do not appreciate today. that is part of our misremembering. we do not want to remember how powerful a force race can be in our politics. tavis: this was really one of the greatest movements, but what does your
Aug 8, 2013 8:00am EDT
medicine for chickens in mississippi as a living. he's a vet. i--he's been sick. i have to act to pay the rent. i can't stop acting,o.
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